Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:42 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "In December, the Google Nexus made by Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales by volume electronics retailers. That's according to a survey of 2,400 stores nationwide by market research firm BCN Inc., released Wednesday. Google's figure beat Apple's 40.1% share, dethroning the iPad for the first time since it went on sale in May 2010." Just as I and many others with me predicted, what happened in the smartphone market will also happen in the tablet market: Android will take the numbers, iOS will take the figures (i.e., profit). As far as I know, this is the first time this has actually materialised fully in a market, though. Also, while it was inevitable that Android would overtake iOS on tablets (even if it is just a single country, for now), I don't think anyone predicted it would be a single model? Colour me impressed (which is pink).
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RE[2]: Some context
by Nelson on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Some context"
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Actually, the nexus seven beats the ipad mini in every important metric. it's half the price, has a higher Res screen, has android instead of ios, and has a much sexier appearance (largely due to aspect ratio).
Maybe customers are just thinking before they buy.

The ipad mini will sell well, just because it is apple, but it will never get anywhere near the success of the iPod, iPhone or ipad.

I guess you'd be right, if we lived in a vacuum and nothing ever changed. In fact, I specifically address your very point in my original comment.

The iPad Mini, given time to be iterated on, will prove to be a very attractive offering from Apple.

I don't think Apple wants to participate in a price war to the bottom, and I think that customers will be willing to pay a premium (like they do for iPhones) for an iPad Mini. Key differentiators being build quality, ecosystem maturity, and OS preference.

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